THE director at the Dundee-based commercial radio station, Tay FM, is leaving – to set up his own business.
Gary Robinson is leaving to – say the station’s owners, Bauer Media – “start his own business venture, launching on June 1, specialising in coaching, conference hosting, PR and marketing”.
Says Bauer, in a media statement: “Gary has had a long and distinguished career in the radio field, latterly leading the way at Bauer Media’s Tay FM but also previously holding positions with Scottish Radio Holdings and EMAP.
“Gary has worked across a number of Bauer Media stations and since taking the reins as station director at Tay FM four years ago, has had a hugely positive impact – he leaves the station on a high with some of its strongest audience figures in a decade.”
The statement quotes Graham Bryce, managing director for Bauer Media, Scotland, as saying: “Gary has had a long and successful career within the group, latterly as station director of Radio Tay, where he led the transformation of the business from a loss-making station to the significantly profitable and successful business it is today. Gary has done a remarkable job and feels now is the right time to forge a new career outside of radio. He will be sadly missed by me and the team and we wish him the very best success with his new business venture.”
Robinson is quoted, as saying: “Radio has been my life since leaving college in 1989 and I have had some fantastic opportunities to manage some of the best stations in the country, including MFR, Vibe FM, Cool FM, Downtown and Kerrang! I took an opportunity to return to Radio Tay in 2009 and have worked with an extremely talented team who have achieved some of the best RAJAR and revenue figures in recent years. This is the natural point for me to move on and fulfil a long-held professional and personal ambition to start my own business.”
The new station director is to be Cathy Kirk, who is already station director for Bauer Media’s Radio Forth and Northsound.